Sean Hillison

Assistant Professor
Sean Hillison
3087 Pamplin
880 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


auditing and financial accounting


Dr. Sean Hillison joined the Pamplin College of Business in the fall of 2017 after completing a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds a Master’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, both from the University of Florida. A Certified Public Accountant, Dr. Hillison practiced for nine years in Ernst & Young’s South Florida assurance group where he served as an audit senior manager to various SEC registrants and private equity controlled companies.

Dr. Hillison’s primary research interests include judgment and decision-making in accounting and auditing. His doctoral dissertation examines the influence of client importance and role identity salience on audit partners’ acceptance of client-preferred accounting methods. At the University of Illinois, he taught courses in assurance and attestation and was consistently listed among the Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students.

Curriculum Vitae

Hillison CV.pdf